Lo­cal farmer gives away 100,000 saplings

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: For the third year in a row, Kuwaiti farmer Nasser Al-Azmi is giv­ing away 100,000 tree saplings as part of an ef­fort to en­cour­age a ‘greener’ Kuwait. Last week he dis­trib­uted saplings in Adailiya and yes­ter­day handed out hun­dreds more in Rawda. Last year, he dis­trib­uted around 100,000 free saplings and in his first year around 16,000 saplings.

Nu­tri­tional value

Azmi said he choose dis­trib­ute Moringa saplings this year in view of the plant’s sig­nif­i­cance as a ma­jor sources of vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments. “I plan to dis­trib­ute 100,000 saplings of Moringa ev­ery year for free,” he said, not­ing that the saplings would be dis­trib­uted in var­i­ous ar­eas such as Adailiya, desert and camp­ing ar­eas, Rawda, Yar­mouk, Sabahiya. Salwa and the ar­eas to the north, west and south of Kuwait.

“This year, we gave away four saplings per cit­i­zen re­gard­less of age be­cause we wish to in­crease the num­ber of cit­i­zens keen on plant­ing such trees,” he said, point­ing out that he had planted some crops that had been im­pos­si­ble to be grown in Kuwait such as cof­fee, car­damom, tea and saf­fron. Azmi also ex­pressed plans to plant co­coa, red ba­nana and all types of spices and plants used as herbal medicines.

Na­tional projects

Azmi added that he fully sup­ports na­tional projects such as ‘the na­tional wood’, re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing Kuwaiti is­lands and the Qu­ran park. “How­ever, we are still look­ing for build­ings to launch th­ese ini­tia­tives and ideas and have a great deal of trust in our of­fi­cials and fel­low-cit­i­zens,” he added.

Fur­ther­more, Azmi added that one of his ideas was to grow var­i­ous plants at Kub­bar is­land and that he had ac­cord­ingly co­op­er­ated with eight min­istries and bod­ies in­clud­ing the in­for­ma­tion, de­fense, in­te­rior and health min­istries in ad­di­tion to the Pub­lic Author­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR), the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA), Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and some vol­un­teers. He added that saplings had been al­ready planted there two years ago and the re­sults were still be­ing ob­served by EPA with the aim of in­creas­ing veg­e­ta­tion and re­duc­ing tem­per­a­ture rates as well as work as sand bar­ri­ers.

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti farmer Nasser Al-Azmi is pic­tured with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from state de­part­ments, vol­un­teers and peo­ple who came to col­lect the saplings. — Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Peo­ple check Moringa saplings given away by Kuwaiti farmer Nasser Al-Azmi.

Kuwaiti farmer Nasser Al-Azmi

Kuwaiti farmer Nasser Al-Azmi (sec­ond from left) with of­fi­cials.

Two women and a child choose their saplings.

Two young­sters in­spect the saplings.

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